Community Crime Prevention Grant Program

Central Indiana Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 31, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity Hospital / Clinic Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Marion County, Indiana

Location of residency: Marion County, Indiana

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Overview:

Community Crime Prevention Grant Program

The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program is funded from public resources allocated annually by Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and is administered by The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate.

The Community Crime Prevention Grant program will work in alignment with the city’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership Grant program to support evidence-based violence reduction programming and wraparound services. Learn more about the partnership. The Community Crime Prevention Grant Program may consider organizations that received funding from the city’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership Grant program, BUT only for different and/or supportive programs.

Crime Prevention is defined as “any effort that seeks to reduce initial or chronic interaction with criminal and/or juvenile justice systems and increase the safety of Indianapolis residents and their neighborhoods by reducing risk factors (factors that increase the likelihood of engaging with juvenile or criminal justice system) or increasing protective factors (factors that decrease the impact of risk factors).”

2019 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program Funds Allocation

A total amount of $2,557,500, will be allocated in the following categories:

  • Longer-term crime prevention: $1 million will be available to organizations performing longer-term crime prevention activities, including activities relating to re-entry.
  • Shorter-term crime prevention: $1 million will be available to organizations performing shorter-term crime prevention, crime reduction, and other community outreach activities.
  • Capacity-building: $557,500 will be available for capacity-building programs and activities.

2019 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program Funding Priorities

The 2019 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program will give priority to organizations that clearly demonstrate an immediate intentionality around crime prevention and support programs using proven or promising strategies for a target population of African American males 18-24 that:

  • Focus on neighborhood mobilization through discrete activities, active violence disruption and community canvassing that targets, engages and involves hard-to-reach populations connected to gun-violence related activities.
  • Provide intervention services to adults or youth currently interacting with the criminal justice system to community-based services to build the necessary infrastructure to prevent violent crimes in Indianapolis and capable of delivering measurable results in the areas of employment and job retention for the population(s) of focus.
  • Improve neighborhood safety through partnerships with IMPD’s Community Resource District Councils to mobilize efforts to reduce or prevent crime in specific geographical areas
  • Partner with public agencies (law enforcement, courts, probation and parole) to help or prevent crime in our community

Interest Areas: Violence Reduction, Intervention, Prevention and Neighborhood-Based Strategies (see explanations below)

Grant award range: $5,000-$100,000

Grant funds must be expended between October 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020

2019 Crime Prevention Grant Interest Areas

VIOLENCE REDUCTION: Priority to programs/efforts that develop and implement integrated, evidence-based practices, outreach activities and case management services for those residents who are most at-risk of violent victimization and direct residents to community-based services to build the necessary infrastructure to prevent violent crime in Indianapolis, including:

  • Provide outreach and other engagement strategies to identify individual needs and improve access to community organizations who deliver services for the population (s) of focus
  • Provide direct services for the population (s) of focus that include an active, formal mentorship component with regular meetings (at least three to four times a month) of sufficient duration (six to twelve months).
  • Provide case management or other affiliated strategies to enroll and retain participants in necessary services, and coordinate the delivery of services across service providers.
  • Provide evidence based practices and programs targeting fire arm related crime, retaliatory violence, and or drug markets.
  • Provide evidence based activities that involve hard to reach populations, people with illegal firearms, and those not justice involved.

INTERVENTION: These programs focus their efforts on providing supportive services to residents currently interacting with the criminal justice system. These services support productive citizenship, financial self-sufficiency and reduce recidivism. Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate how efforts influence an individual’s ability to gain skills, obtain work, secure housing, and prevent interaction with local criminal justice system after being convicted of a crime. These efforts may include:

  • A focus on providing support services to delinquent youth to prevent interaction with the juvenile justice system, the adult criminal justice systems, or gangs.
  • A focus on providing support services to adult offenders and ex-offenders to become economically self-sufficient, reintegrate into the local community and reduce recidivism

PREVENTION: These programs focus their efforts on providing supportive services (such as employment, education, mentoring and family support services) to youth and adults who face unique challenges and may have a higher likelihood of community disengagement without the proper interventions strategies. Organizations applying in this area should be able to demonstrate impact of services and the ability to improve current conditions of program participants. Programs with a formal mentorship component should include regular meetings (at least three to four times a month) of sufficient duration (six to twelve months). Priority is given to organizations with a two-generation approach that provide services to both youth and their parent/guardians.

This effort may include a focus to increase protective factors and develop resiliency skills of specific targeted youth and adult populations, including:

  • Youth (12-22) who are: foster youth, struggling academically, suspended or expelled from school multiple times, truant, or known to be affiliated with gang activity
  • Opportunity Youth (16-24) who are: also known as disengaged youth, who are out of school, not enlisted and not working, often as a result of systematic barriers to jobs and education.
  • Adults (22 or older) who: face unique social-economic or social emotional challenges, e.g., chronic unemployment, suffering substance abuse and/or mental illness

NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED STRATEGIES: Place-based efforts designed to reduce or prevent crime in a specific geographical area as defined by a neighborhood and/or community. Organizations applying for support in this area must be able to measure how efforts have increased residents safety in a particular area through resident surveys, increase crime reporting, or by using crime statistics. These efforts may include:

  • A focus on engaging resident and community leaders to help reduce crime within specific neighborhoods, zip codes, or other geographical area (i.e. crime watch)
  • A focus at building community partnerships with public systems (law enforcement, court systems, and corrections) within a specific geographical area to help reduce criminal activity, assisting with solving crimes, increase crime reporting or provide information to help prevent the occurrence of a crime
  • A focus to improve physical assets and spaces within a neighborhood that has the potential of improving resident safety and/or deterring criminal behavior and/or activity

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Geographic Restriction: Marion County
  • Organizations that are start-ups and/or pilot programs may be considered for capacity building support.
  • Organizations must be a 501(c) (3) public charitable organization or a public entity partnering with a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as a fiscal agent

Ineligibility:

  • What the Community Crime Prevention Grant does not fund:
    • Organizations that are NOT tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) Public Charity of the Internal Revenue Code
    • Grants to individuals
    • Projects aimed at promoting a particular religion or construction projects for religious institutions
    • Operating, program and construction costs at schools, universities and private academies unless there is significant opportunity for community use or collaboration
    • Organizations or projects that discriminate base upon race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation
    • Political campaigns or direct lobbying efforts by 501(c)(3) organizations
    • Post-events, after-the-fact situations or debt retirement
    • Medical, scientific or academic research
    • Publications, films, audiovisual and media materials, programs produced for artistic purposes or produced for resale
    • Travel for bands, sports teams, classes and similar groups
    • Annual appeals, galas or membership contributions
    • Fundraising events such as golf tournaments, walk-a-thons and fashion shows